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History of Clay Use in Health & Beauty

History of Clay Use in Health & BeautyClays have been used by all living creatures since the beginning of life on Earth.  Animals and birds eat clays when sick, roll in them to clean their bodies, as well as to free themselves of parasites, heal wounds & ulcers.  Ancient Egyptians have been using clays for mummification. Cleopatra used clay from the Nile river and the Arabian desert in her beauty treatments.


There is plentiful evidence of clay use by ancient spas built 3-4000 years ago. Many of these spas still exist and continue using clay. The doctors in the ancient civilisations (Dioscortes, Avicenna, Galen) used clay to treat their patients for many health problems. And they did have very advanced treatments and remedies available to them.   ” . . . a hill in the island of Lemnos . . . in the northern Aegean Sea has produced this `earth` . . . reddish-yellow clay . . . from before Theophrastus’ time (372-287 B.C.) down to the present day. According to Dana (System of Mineralogy 689), it is cimolite, a hydrous silicate of aluminum.